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by: Sabrina Jairam

Dance notes AMH 2020

Sabrina Jairam

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Date Created: 08/14/16
Sabrina Jairam Dance Critique  ARC: a dance trilogy Professor Crystal Patient Dance Appreciation  August 4 , 2016 ARC is a dance produced and executed by the admirable choreographer Douglas Wright.  Within three clear and well defined sections this film documents a revolution through dance.  The first part of this dance seems to represent a person who is entering the unknown. He  seems afraid of what is to come but he forges on regardless of what lies ahead. The dancer makes very sharp movements in the beginning possibly to suggest that this transformation is one that is  not smooth, but rough, irregular and bumpy. He looks demonic as if he is possessed by Satan  himself. You can feel a sense of negativity within this piece. He seems as if he is dependent on  something but he doesn’t really know what it is. The dancer appears powerless but strong with  his movements. He appears vulnerable and unprotected but also closed off with in his  movements. His sharp motions present the dance in a way that seems exposed. The dancer  himself appears paralyzed by whatever the dance is actually about. This dance made me feel dark and depressed because of his very dramatic and sharp movements.  Within the second part of this dance the dancer uses motions that appear animal like. He  moves as though he is a four legged creature around the room and climbs up the wall as if he is  an animal. He seems confused and dazed throughout this entire sequence. He has a puzzled  expression and appears insane. He moves to the sounds of birds throughout the dance and allows  himself to somewhat become the bird. I found this piece to be incredibly bizarre but at the same  time very moving. The movement of the dancer in the third and final sequence is choppy and very stationary at the beginning. Although choppy, he moves very cohesively with the music. He begins to  slowly move around more throughout the piece. He puts his hair up possibly to symbolize focus  as a lot of people put their hair up in an attempt to focus and “get down to business”. As the  music gets much more upbeat and happy his movement also appears to become a lot more light  and airy.  Within this trilogy I felt various emotions. The common theme that I sensed within each  piece of work is the sense of helplessness. I along with many others can relate to that feeling of  confusion or simply not knowing what to do with yourself in specific situations. These dances as  a whole triggered so many emotions. For example, the first dance sent panic through my veins. I  could feel his sense of anxiety and the hysteria that he channeled with every move he made.  Within the second film the dancer appears animalistic. Almost as if he becomes the bird. And to  me this is incredibly inspirational. Don’t we all wish to be as free as a bird? From my point of  view this dance represents freedom. At some points it is a lack of it but at others it is an overflow of freedom. He conveys this feeling with every move. The third and final dance is my favorite  part of this trilogy because you sense the shift in the piece. You can tell when he puts his hair up  that he feels much more focus. You can tell that putting his hair up was a bit of a personal  transformation for this dancer. Not only does the music begin to intensify, but the dancer’s  movement begins to become much more bright and bubbly. He speeds up and now moves across  the studio instead of remaining stationary. This was by far my favorite dance of the entire piece  because of the inspiration I felt while watching it. Anything that can make me happier or inspire  me will always stand out to me. As a whole this piece sent me on an emotional rollercoaster. At  first I felt helpless, then panicked and ultimately inspired. I suppose that is the purpose of all art;  to make you feel something or nothing at all. This timeless dance definitely triggered emotion for me as I am sure it will for many others forever.  


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